The Isekai anime genre can’t stop growing and growing, thanks to the immense popularity of the Sword Art Online saga , although SAO is not the first isekai in history, and there are several classic anime that contain elements of the protagonist being transported to another place where his adventures take place. Have you ever wondered who are the best representatives of this genre? Well, look no further, because in Super Amateurs we will save you the work of discovering which are the best isekai to date.
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15 best Isekai anime
Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken (2018)
Genre: Fantasy, Shounen
Release date: October 2, 2018
Satoru Mikami, 37, is the typical corporate worker who is calm with his monotonous life in Tokyo, but is single and has never had a girlfriend. In the middle of a casual encounter with a colleague, he is the victim of an assault on the street, and he is stabbed. However, while succumbing to his wounds, he hears a voice in his mind that he cannot understand. When Satoru regains consciousness, he discovers that he has been reincarnated as a “slime,” an aqueous being in an unknown realm.
Re: Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (2016)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Fantasy, Psychological
Studio: White Fox
Release date: April 4, 2016
When Subaru Natsuki leaves the market, what is least expected is to be transported to a fantasy world. Things are not going well for the teenager, since shortly after arriving he is attacked by criminals. Armed with his market bag and his useless phone, they tear him apart in the fight. Fortunately, a beautiful girl named Satella meets Subaru and saves her life. To thank Satella for her help, the young man offers her help.
No Game, No Life (2014)
Genre: Video game, Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural, Ecchi, Fantasy
Release date: April 9, 2014
No Game No Life is a surreal comedy that follows Sora and Shiro, young video gamers recognized for being the mythical “Blank”. The real world sees it as another silly game, but when they receive an e-mail challenging them to a virtual chess game that changes their lives. The brothers are transported to a mysterious kingdom where they meet Tet, the God of the Games.
Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari (2019)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Studio: Kinema Citrus
Release date: January 9, 2019
The Four Cardinal Heroes are a group of ordinary men from modern Japan summoned to the kingdom of Melromarc to become their saviors. Melromarc is a country plagued by Las Olas de la Catastrofe, which have repeatedly devastated the land and brought disaster to its citizens for centuries. The four heroes are respectively awarded a sword, a spear, a bow and a shield to defeat these Waves. Naofumi Iwatani, an otaku, receives the curse of being the “Hero of the Shield”. Armed with only a miserable shield, Naofumi is belittled and ridiculed by his fellow heroes and the people of the kingdom because of his weak offensive abilities and mediocre personality.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Videogame, Magic, Supernatural
Release date: July 7, 2015
The last hour of the popular virtual reality game Yggdrasil has arrived. However, Momonga, a powerful wizard and master of the dark guild Ainz Ooal Gown, decides to spend his last moments in the game when the servers begin to close. To his surprise, even though the clock struck midnight, Momonga is still fully aware of his character and, in addition, non-player characters seem to have developed personalities of their own!
Faced with this abnormal situation, Momonga orders his faithful servants to help him investigate and take control of this new world, hoping to discover what has caused this development and if there may be others in the same situation.
Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Military
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Release date: July 4, 2015
The off-duty officer of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) and otaku, Youji Itami, is on his way to attend a doujin convention in Ginza, Tokyo, when suddenly a mysterious portal appears in the form of a large door. From this door, supernatural creatures and warriors dressed in medieval armor emerge, charging through the city, killing and destroying everything in its path. With quick actions, Youji saves as many lives as he can while the rest of the JSDF directs his efforts to stop the invasion.
Three months after the attack, Youji has been entrusted with the task of leading a special recognition team, as part of a JSDF task force, which will be sent to the world beyond the door, which is now known as the ” Special Region. “
Youjo Senki (2017)
Genre: Action, Military, Magic
Release date: January 6, 2017
Tanya Degurechaff is a young soldier infamous for her predatory cruelty and her strange tactical ability, which earned her the nickname “Devil of the Rhine”. Underneath its innocuous appearance, however, is the soul of a man who challenged Being X, the self-proclaimed God, to a battle of wits, which resulted in his reincarnation as a little girl in a world of magical warfare. Infused in the challenge, Tanya resolves to rise in the ranks of her country’s armed forces while slowly immersing herself in world war, and only Being X proves to be the strongest obstacle to recreating the peaceful life she once knew.
Isekai Quartet (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Parody
Studio: Studio PuYUKAI
Release date: April 10, 2019
It’s a normal day; everyone from the crazy military girl Tanya Degurechaff and the 16-year-old Isekai protagonist Satou Kazuma to expansionist Mr. Ainz Ooal Gown and demonic sisters Rem and Ram continue their daily lives. Suddenly, a striking red button appears that begs to be pressed. Overcome by curiosity, characters from another world press the button and send them to an unknown world.
With no way to escape, the characters must lead a normal school life and meet others. One thing is for sure: the classroom full of fan-favorite eccentric personalities never gets boring!
Sword Art Online (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Videogames, Romance
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Release date: July 8, 2012
In 2022, virtual reality has progressed by leaps and bounds, and a massive online role-playing game called Sword Art Online (SAO) is launched . With the help of “NerveGear” technology, players can control their avatars within the game using nothing but their own thoughts.
Kazuto Kirigaya, nicknamed “Kirito”, is one of the few lucky enthusiasts who have in their hands the first shipment of the game. Log in to meet, with another ten thousand, in the scenic and elaborate world of Aincrad, one full of fantastic medieval weapons and horrifying monsters. However, in a cruel turn of events, players soon realize that they cannot log out; The creator of the game has trapped them in their new world until they complete the hundred levels of the game.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Historical, Samurai, Fantasy, Seinen
Studio: Hoods Drifters Studio
Release date: October 7, 2016
In the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600, Toyohisa Shimazu is the rearguard of his retreating troops, and is seriously injured when he suddenly finds himself in a modern, gleaming white hallway. In front of only one Stoic man named Murasaki and hundreds of doors on both sides, Toyohisa is pushed towards the nearest door and into a completely different world from his.
The strange land is populated by all kinds of fantastic creatures, as well as by warriors from different eras in the world of Toyohisa who were believed to be dead. Quickly befriends the infamous warlord Nobunaga Oda and former archer Yoichi Suketaka Nasu, Toyohisa learns of the political unrest that ravages the continent. In addition, they have been called as “Drifters” to fight the “ends”, people who are responsible for the creation of the Orte Empire and are trying to annihilate the Drifters.
Re: Creators (2017)
Genre: Action, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mecha
Release date: April 8, 2017
Humans have designed countless worlds, each born from the unique imagination of its creator. Souta Mizushino is a high school student who aspires to be a creator writing and illustrating his own light novel. One day, while watching anime for inspiration, he is briefly transported to a fierce fighting scene. When he returns to the real world, he realizes that something is wrong: the stubborn heroine of the anime, Selesia Yupitilia, has somehow returned with him.
In a short time, other fictional characters appear in the world, bearing the hopes and scars of their home. A princely knight, a magical girl, a ruthless fighter, and many others now cram the streets of Japan. However, the most mysterious is a woman with full military attire, called “Gunpuku no Himegimi”, who knows much more than she should about the world of creators. Despite this, nobody knows his real name or the world he is from.
.hack // Sign (2002)
Genre: Video games, Science Fiction, Adventure, Mystery, Magic, Fantasy
Studio: Bee Train
Departure date: April 4, 2002
A young wavemaster , only known by the alias of Tsukasa, wakes up in an MMORPG called The World, with mild amnesia. In The World, Crimson Knights suspects that he is a hacker, since he was seen accompanying a manipulated character in the form of a cat. Unable to log out of the game, he walks around looking for answers, avoiding the knights and other players he finds along the way.
While Tsukasa explores the world, he encounters a magical object that takes the form of a “guardian”, who promises him protection against all damage. Subaru, the Crimson Knights leader, along with several other players who met Tsukasa, set out to investigate why Tsukasa cannot log out and try to get to the bottom of the problem before he gets out of control.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Historical, Supernatural, Magic, Romance, Fantasy, Shounen
Departure date: October 16, 2000
Based on the award-winning manga of the same name, InuYasha follows Kagome Higurashi, a fifteen-year-old girl whose normal life ends when a demon drags her to a cursed well in her family’s Shinto shrine. Instead of touching the bottom of the well, Kagome ends 500 years in the past during Japan’s violent Sengoku period with the true objective of the demon, a jewel that grants wishes called the pearl of Shikon, reborn within it.
Hataraku Maou-sama! (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Supernatural, Romance, Fantasy
Studio: White Fox
Release date: April 4, 2013
By instilling fear in the hearts of mortals, the Demon Lord Satan begins to conquer the land of Ente Isla with his vast armies of demons. However, while embarking on this brutal quest to conquer the continent, his efforts are thwarted by the hero Emilia, forcing Satan to make his rapid withdrawal through a dimensional portal only to land in the human world. Together with his loyal general Alsiel, the demon is stranded in modern Tokyo and promises to return and complete his subjugation of Ente Isla, that is, if they can find a way back.
Impotent in a world without magic, Satan assumes the appearance of a human named Sadao Maou and begins working at MgRonald’s, a local fast food restaurant, to make ends meet. He soon realizes that his goal of conquering Ente Isla is not enough, since he is determined to climb the corporate ladder and become the ruler of the Earth, a satisfied customer at the same time!
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Adventure, Fantasy, Parody, Magic, Supernatural
Studio: Studio Deen
Release date: January 14, 2016
After dying a ridiculous and pathetic death on his way back from buying a game, high school student and inmate Kazuma Satou sits before a beautiful but nasty goddess named Aqua. She gives the young man two options: continue to heaven or reincarnate in each player’s dream: a world of real fantasy! Choosing to start a new life, Kazuma quickly takes charge of defeating a Demon King who is terrorizing villages. But before leaving, you can choose an item of any kind to help you in your search, and the future hero selects Aqua. But Kazuma has made a serious mistake: Aqua is completely useless!
Have you seen all the isekai on this list? Which is your favorite?